Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admitted that he was 'gutted' by his side's exit from the Football League Trophy last night, at the hand of Leyton Orient. The Glovers succumbed to a 90th minute David Mooney header, in a game that had otherwise had a few chances, and had looked likely to be going to penalties.
The eventual 1-0 scoreline was harsh in its timing, but less so in the overall balance of the game. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Johnson felt the game ended up being too scrappy but could see why Orient eventually ended up winners:
"I'm gutted as a manager because I don't like losing games. Any games, and certainly not scrappy games. I think you have to do a little bit more than what we did today to earn a result, and it didn't happen. We've worked very hard to try to get our supporters here. We all saw it as a club that it would be a good one to get through to the next round. We knew all the time that Orient would have something to say about that. They've come up as winners on the day. I know why they were winners on the day, and I've got to do something about it."
Johnson praised the travelling 815 supporters who packed the East Stand, creating a wall of noise throughout the game. However, he felt that a few of his players failed to produce on the night, producing a performance that failed to hit the standard they had maintained during recent wins over Portsmouth and New Year's Day's league win over Leyton Orient:
"We have to say that we didn't do very well on the day. Our supporters did a lot better than us. The whole game was a poor game, and nobody can be proud of that - neither team. But they got themselves through. We've got a lot to do. We've got a bit of soul-searching to do, because unfortunately we had a few who didn't turn up. I don't think they mean not to turn up, but we certainly didn't play anywhere near how we've been playing in the last couple of weeks."
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